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20 Awesome Things To Do In Melbourne This Weekend

By Jasmine Riley - 11 Oct 2018


We're not going to lie, this week has been a rollercoaster full of rain, sunshine and more rain. But we've found a silver lining and it comes in the form of Dachshunds. Yep, the Hophaus Annual Dachshund Race is back on. Plus we've got wine festivals, techno raves, boozy brunches and Oktoberfest celebrations.

Here are 19 awesome things to do in Melbourne this weekend.

All Weekend

Polished Man

To make sure you tick-off your good Samaritan deed this month, you need to know all about Polished Man.

Basically, you’re all going to paint your nails to spark up some pretty damn important conversations aimed at raising awareness around trauma recovery and trauma prevention for kids around the world. You can even kickstart your own fundraising target right here which will include a starter kit bearing a Casa Amuk tee, nail polish (to launch those convos) and up to eight free Grill’d burgers throughout October.

For more info, click here.

Shedfest Wine Festival

A two-day food and wine fest where your wine glass grants you entry into 10 wineries plotted throughout the valley? Nice. For $15 you can sip to your heart’s desire, listen to ambient tunes, play lawn games, heck, you can even learn croquet if you want to. Each winery will also have some yummy nibbles available for purchase.

Where: Various locations, Yarra Valley
When: Saturday 14 October & Sunday 15 October, 10am–5pm
For more info, click here.

Vinomofo’s Warehouse Wine Sale

Wine is the gift that just keeps on giving, at least until the next morning when you’re nursing a wicked hangover. This one should be big: we’re talking wines up to 70 percent off people. There'll also be free wine tastings, tees for sale and a $99 deal where you can make your own six pack (the best kind of six pack if you ask me).

Where: 339 Bridge Street, Port Melbourne
When: Saturday 13 October–Sunday 14 October, 10am–4pm
For more info, click here.

Environmental Film Festival Australia

From over 580 submissions, 43 films made the final cut for this year’s EFFA. The films explore industrial pollution, personal stories, sustainability, animal rights, untouched landscapes, virtual reality and climate change. Ticket prices vary and can be bought here.

Where: Various locations
When: Thursday 11 October–19 October
For more info, click here.

Rochford’s Porte Ouverte 2018

Yarra Valley’s Rochford Wines are putting on their annual Open Weekend this weekend. Guests have the opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look, join a master class, sample wines, indulge in a paired-wines dinner or lunch, and try a selection of vintage chardonnays from Rochford’s owner Helmut Konecsny’s own personal cellar. Get your tickets here

Where: Rochford Wines, Yarra Valley
When: Saturday 13 October–Sunday 14 October, 10am–6pm
For more info, click here.

Do It In A Dress

One Girl's annual campaign, Do It In A Dress, is back. It's all to raise money for girls education in two of the most challenging places in the world to be born a girl; Sierra Leone and Uganda. And all you have to do to get involved is chuck on a dress and start fundraising. The aim is to raise $800,000 so dig deep (and just remember, it's heel-toe, heel-toe).

For more info, click here

Thursday 11 October

The New Trend Sale

The New Trend are celebrating their first birthday by holding an in-store and online 20% sale (starting today). Brands include Jonathan Simkhai, Alexis, Alexander Wang, ALC, Cult Gaia and more. Don't worry if you can’t make it out, you can still score a bargain online using the promo code 1STBDAY.

Where: 1038 High Street, Armadale
When: Thursday 11 October–Sunday 14 October, opening hours differ
For more info, click here.

Friday 12 October

Hologram Festival

Hologram is a weird techno-journey complete with light installations, visuals and an epic dance floor that's sure to surpass your wildest dreams. Hosted by Paradigm, this year’s line-up includes Freedom Fighters, Vini Vici, Blastoyz, Morten Granau, MVMB, Shugz Music and Waio. Tickets are almost sold out and will set you back about $140.

Where: Central Pier, 161 Harbour Esplanade, Docklands
When: Friday 12 October, 6pm–1am
For more info, click here.

Precog – 25-Hour Rave

If you’ve got a whole weekend to spare (and your idea of fun is dancing from dawn-to-dusk) check this one out. Hailing all the way from Taiwan, underground club producer Sonia Calico is headlining the gig. Joining Calico is local favs Brooke Powers, Jennifer Loveless, DJ Sezzo and MTLDA. Tickets are roughly $32.40 which gets you guaranteed entry for over 24-hours.

Where: Hugs&Kisses, 22 Sutherland Street, Melbourne
When: Friday 12 October–Saturday 13 October
For more info, click here.

Saturday 13 October

Greener House Plant Sale

We’re halfway through Spring, which means your garden is well overdue for some serious lovin’. Greener House is throwing the ultimate plant party and selling off hundreds of devil’s ivy baskets, philodendrons, palms, ferns and little plant babies sure to brighten up your work desk. There’s on-site parking, EFTPOS, and you can even bring your little furry friends along for the day.

Where: 57–61 Alexandra Parade, Collingwood
When: Saturday 13 October, 10am–4pm
For more info, click here.

Cacti & Cocktails At The Ascot Lot

The Ascot Lot are working on their summer cocktail range, and they want to test it on you people. So they're chucking a massive cactus sale (thanks to their mates at The Plant Runner). There's going to be cacti, cocktails and tunes from DJ Lloyd Jones. Please, no drink spiking jokes.

Where: The Ascot Lot, 448-462 Mt Alexander Rd, Ascot Vale
When: Saturday 13 October,
For more info, click here

Living Room Festival 2018

There’s a big living room party taking place this weekend at Fed Square. Get comfortable on couches or get amongst it on the dance floor while listening to international and local artists and DJs. And of course, what festival would be complete without food trucks and markets. Tickets are down to first release for $55 per person.

Where: The Paddock, Federation Square
When: Saturday 13 October, 12pm–10pm
For more info, click here.

Oktoberfest At The Plough

You don’t have to be in Munich to wear a lederhosen. The Plough Hotel is hosting their annual Oktoberfest complete with beers, smoked meats, pretzels, bratwurst and wiener schnitzels. Tickets are $60 for adults and $10 for the little ones. There’s even a blind beer tasting contest.

Where: Plough Hotel, 333 Barkly Street, Footscray
When: Saturday 13 October, 12pm-4pm
For more info, click here.

Hophaus Annual Dachshund Race

Alright guys, we’ve waited a whole year for this one. Hophaus are hosting the sausage fests of all sausage fests—sausage puppers, that is. Races kick off at 11am, running (literally) till the arvo, or until there’s no sausages left. Be sure to stick around to catch the costume parade, it’s guaranteed to be the highlight of your week.

Where: Southgate Restaurant & Shopping District, Southbank
When: Saturday 13 October, 11am–1pm
For more info, click here.

Seymour Skate Festival

If you’re a skater, scooter, or BMX rider we’ve got just the thing. Seymour Skate Park is putting on a comp where you get to show off your inner Tony Hawk. Events start at 11am and run into the arvo, with DJs, food trucks, bubble soccer and a bucking bull (intriguing). And even if you’re not a skater, that doesn’t mean you can’t go down and check out the competition (insert winky face here).

Where: Chittick Park, Seymour
When: Saturday 13 October, 11am–6pm
For more info, click here.

Spring Racing Brunch at The Emerson

If you can’t make it along to the races this weekend, The Emerson is hosting a boozy brunch in their own rooftop ‘Birdcage’. From midday, sip on Aperol Spritz’ and Mimosas whilst watching the races on their big screen.

Where: The Emerson, South Yarra
When: Saturday 13 October
For more info, click here.

Sunday 14 October

Melbourne Marathon Festival

For those looking to do something a bit more wholesome this weekend, why not trade in your usual Saturday antics for the Melb Marathon? Run, walk, skip, whatever, it doesn’t matter. There’s options ranging from 3km up to the beastly marathon. Or head along to the MCG and show support from 6am.

Where: Melbourne
When: Sunday 14 October, 5.30am–12pm
For more info, click here.

Milligram Artist Alley

Our fav stationary superstars, Milligram, are inviting you to visit the store this weekend to watch a bunch of artists get their creative on using only a Moleskine notebook and a Palomino Blackwing pencil. Drawing inspo from their surroundings, the six artists all have unique illustration styles that’ll have you cursing genetics for not magically giving you the skill to draw.

Where: Milligram, Melbourne Central
When: Sunday 14 October, 12pm–4pm
For more info, click here.

Sakura Basement Party

Sake Restaurant & Bar are hosting a basement party to wave goodbye to the sakura AKA the cherry blossom. There will be free-flowing Moet and Chandon, canapes and groovy tuneage provided by DJ Lauren Mac. Tickets are $69 per person and can be found here.

Where: Sake Restaurant & Bar, 100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
When: Sunday 14 October, 12pm–4pm
For more info, click here.

Heroes Yum Cha(r)

Kicking things off this Sunday, Heroes will be collaborating with selected chefs each month to offer an epic Yum Cha spread. Running across multiple levels, including the rooftop (winning), the first party for the series will feature Daniel Inzunza from Fancy Hank’s, who will be cooking up one meat and one veggie dish so everybody’s a winner.

Where: Heroes, 188 Bourke Street, Melbourne
When: Sunday 14 October, 12pm–4pm
For more info, click here.

And if you've still got some spare time, why not visit Collingwood's newest sneaker store Sole Fitness. The first female-only sneaker store in Oz. 

Image credit: Getty Images

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